The NSC Alliance recently completed a survey to gather data to better understand how current economic conditions are starting to impact on natural science collections. A summary report will be released before the end of the year.

Preliminary analysis of survey responses indicates that nearly 90 collections participated in the survey. The overwhelming majority of responses were from collections in the United States. Collections responding to the survey are located in all regions of the United States, and included small, mediun, and large collections affiliated with public and private universities, government agencies, and free-standing institutions.

Survey findings include:

  • 66 percent of survey respondents reported that they "anticipate a budget cut in the coming 12-24 months." Roughly 14 percent do not anticipate a budget cut, but 20 percent remain uncertain about whether they will experience a budget cut in the coming two years.

  • 86 percent of the respondents report receiving philanthropic donations. Of these, 48 percent expect to see reduced donations in the coming 12-24 months.

  • 50 percent of responding collections report that they "anticipate that government grants and contracts will play a more important role in research and education programs in the coming 12-24 months.

  • 42 percent of responding collections with public programs report no significant change in attendance during the past 12 months. However, 55 percent of collections report a slight or significant increase in public attendance during this same period.


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